Endorsements & Reviews-
'This book explores an aspect of church practice - hymnody - that is only now being examined as a primary source for the study of ordinary people's religion. It is carefully researched, well written, insightful, and it explores a topic that is timely and rich.'
-- Edith Blumhofer is Professor of History, Wheaton College, Illinois.
'Cindy Aalders has written an excellent book on the hymnody (and the person) of Anne Steele, the pioneering female hymnwriter of the eighteenth century. Steele's difficult life, her doubts and struggles of faith, her evocative use of language, and her commitment to the glory and grace of God are main themes in this study. Aalders' fresh treatment is marked by spiritual discernment, theological precision, and much human sympathy.'
-- Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
'This book offers many insights for the historian, the literary critic, and the student of Christian spirituality, but even more, it conveys something of the humility and grace of Anne Steele herself, whose faith was profound but never triumphalistic. If this book helps to revive scholarly interest in the life and work of Anne Steele, it will have performed a valuable role. If it inspires readers - as I think it should - to turn to Christ himself as refuge of their weary souls, it will have done even more.'
--D. Bruce Hindmarsh is James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada